Summer students key in Ridgetown research efforts
By Top Crop Manager
May 14, 2014, Ridgetown, Ont. – Research scientists and field technicians oversee the detailed work of field crop pest management research trials, and the field work requires the efforts of a large crew. This year, the field crop pest management group at the Ridgetown Campus of the University of Guelph has 10 summer students who will be measuring, staking, planting, counting and recording important field trial data, according to Jocelyn Smith, research associate at the University of Guelph's Ridgetown Campus.
Each year, Ridgetown Campus employs 65 to 70 high school, college and university students to support many important crop research industry issues. This field crew will be supporting the research program of Dr. Art Schaafsma, professor of plant agriculture at Ridgetown, and will be concentrating on three significant projects: pollinator risk reduction related to corn planting, management of insect damage and mycotoxins, and management of insect resistance development.
Summer students begin work in late April and finish in late August, just in time to head back to their academic studies.